Here are three top tips to crafting a great response: 1. Instead, you want to demonstrate valuable lessons learned. The emphasis is less about the example you choose — although it should be salient and compelling — and more about what you learned from the experience, and how your awareness will impact your contribution to the Wharton community.
How will you contribute? Based on past experience and accomplishments, what difference do you intend to make? How will you participate, and yes, contribute? Now decide on your achievement that prepared you to have your intended impact. Make sure it is one where you made a difference. I once was told by a friend of mine, a Harvard Business School graduate, to imagine the worst-case scenario of how the application package review process goes: p.
Smith, an admissions officer at a top-ranked business school, is reviewing her 50th, and the last, application for today and it happens to be your application.
She is in a rush, because she still needs to pick up her groceries and be home in an hour. She throws a quick look at your test scores, work history, and achievements, then turns to your essays. You have only a few seconds to grab her attention.
One way or another, leadership and teamwork are at the core of business education. No separate application is required. Please visit our website for more information on Lauder fellowships, tuition and financial aid. Interviews Interviews for the MBA program are offered by invitation only.
Visit the Interview Process for more details and tips. Decisions released include: Admission to the Wharton MBA We offer clear admission to highly qualified candidates pending confirmation of official academic transcripts and test scores. Conditional Admission We offer conditional admission to candidates who clearly demonstrate significant potential for success both within the Wharton MBA program and post MBA, but whom we feel need additional preparation before beginning the Wharton MBA program.
Waitlist Candidates can expect to remain on the waitlist until the previous round of decisions are released. There is no rank order to the waitlist, and we are unable to offer feedback to candidates while they remain on the list. International Applicants Qualifications for admission are the same for both international students and U. Recognizing the special challenges that international students face, both Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania provide information and resources to help you navigate the application process, and we assist international students with issues like obtaining a visa and relocating to a new country.
Academic Requirements You must have a college-level education equivalent to a four-year American undergraduate or baccalaureate degree the same as a first university degree. Several universities around the world offer three-year undergraduate programs. When applying, list all of the post-secondary educational institutions you have attended, including technical and professional schools. Use the full names of the institutions attended, and provide the titles of all diplomas or degrees earned.
Please submit only official academic records from educational institutions. Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution that bear both the actual not photocopied signature of the registrar and the institutional seal. Records issued only once by institutions should be photocopied and certified as official copies by school officials or legal authorities, such as embassies or public notaries.
Please do not send the original copy of an academic record that cannot be replaced. If you have attended more than one institution, submit official records from each institution, except study-abroad programs that are listed on your official undergraduate transcripts. If academic records and diplomas are not issued in English by the institution, submit both the official record and an authorized English translation. All translations should be complete and literal renditions of the original record.
Records should show the date of enrollment, courses taken, units of credit or time allotted to each subject during each term or year, your marks or ratings in each subject, and, if available, your rank in the total class or group.
The institutional grading scale or other standards of evaluation, including minimum passing and failing marks and the definitions of grades between them should appear on official records, or you should provide them as an attachment. You must provide evidence to support the waiver. If your test score is more than two years old from the date of the exam to the date of application arrival , you must retake the test. Wharton only accepts official scores for English language tests.
The program does accept early career candidates with limited or no experience who exhibit strong managerial and professional potential. The Admissions Committee looks for individuals who exhibit professional maturity.
No one industry is favored over another, and experience in a Fortune company does not have higher value than experience in a small business or public institution. Does graduate education count as work experience? While we recognize the value of graduate academic work, we do not count academic work as professional work experience.
Does time spent in the military count as work experience? The service provides many rich and varied opportunities for professional growth and development. Military candidates are evaluated based on the same criteria as other candidates, including the nature and scope of the work, the skill sets required, work progression, and general leadership and management skills developed. As with all work experiences, we are interested in the skills acquired on the job and level of progression measured by scope of responsibilities, job title, salary.
I am still an undergraduate student. How can I increase my chances for admission? We welcome applicants directly from undergraduate programs who are motivated and exhibit strong leadership and managerial potential.
When preparing for the Wharton MBA program, consider that the stronger your quantitative background, the better prepared you will be to take finance, statistics, accounting, economics, and other quantitative courses offered in our curriculum. We do accept students without this type of background, but we like to see evidence of a capacity to handle these types of topics e.
We are also interested in your history of involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service, and hobbies. We advise undergraduates to apply in the Fall prior to the academic year in which they want to enroll in the program.
Admission to the program is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree. We do not offer deferred admissions for those who apply while still in an undergraduate program. I have less than your average four years of work experience.
Is this a disadvantage in the admissions process? Each year, we welcome several early career candidates individuals with 0 to 3 years of professional work experience into our program. We are more interested in the skills you have acquired to date, including leadership and management opportunities, than the number of years you have been in the work force.
We consider both the skills you have demonstrated to date and your future potential. Is an applicant at a disadvantage without previous course work in business? Many students at Wharton have not had business courses prior to entering the program. Candidates are also encouraged to complete introductory courses in calculus and statistics prior to entrance, since much of the course work requires quantitative skills. Online Application Questions How does the system work?
Complete the required fields for first name, last name, birth date, and e-mail address. Are there any dual degree programs that will not allow me to start at Wharton? People love reading stories, and business school admissions officers are no different. Finally, show your work to someone who knows you really well — preferably someone who was in your shoes before — and then do multiple proofreads of the final version of your essay.
The new curriculum offers increased flexibility based on your background and experience with strengthened emphasis in microeconomics, statistics, ethics and legal responsibility, leadership and communications. You must provide evidence to support the waiver. Decisions released include: Admission to the Wharton MBA We offer clear admission to highly qualified candidates pending confirmation of official academic transcripts and test scores. Will I receive an e-mail when decisions are made? You can reapply to the MBA program, but not during the same academic year.
As with all work experiences, we are interested in the skills acquired on the job and level of progression measured by scope of responsibilities, job title, salary. I cannot stress enough the importance of an early start — for your application package preparation in general, and for your essay drafting in particular. Penn Law will not accept test-taker score reports directly from the applicant nor can we accept score reports transferred from Wharton. Show Wharton that you are a better candidate this time than last. Miscellaneous Questions I heard that Wharton is offering some of its core courses online through Coursera. Recommenders will be asked to choose three characteristics from a list of ten that best describe the candidate they are recommending.